Last week I found lessons for us in the life of Zacchaeus. Because I’m
so engrossed in the people of the New Testament after writing that book
about them, this week I’m reflecting on another one, Salome, to see what
she can teach us as we near the season of Lent. Salome was the mother
of the apostles James and John. Since John is reputed to be about
nineteen when he followed Jesus, Salome was likely in her thirties when
she decided to follow him too. Lesson one: Give up things to draw closer
to Jesus. Sure, James and John left their boats and nets, but Salome
left her husband, Zebedee, and her house to wander the roads with Jesus.
She was so taken with this new preacher that she wanted to be with him
every day. (Of course, this way she could also be with her sons!) What
can we give up this Lent in order to be with Jesus? A few
minutes of sleep, rising early for morning prayers? Time in front of the
TV or computer in order to go to Mass and receive Jesus in Communion?
Reading novels so instead we have time to spend with Jesus as he comes
in the distressing guise of the poor? Click to continue
I recently received the gift of tickets to see Andre Rieu. The concert isn’t scheduled for another six months so I've stored the tickets away until I need them. Imagine if I lose them!
Or if I forget I even had them! I will never experience the true joy the gift was intended to bring me. Nor could I genuinely show appreciation to my generous gift giver. God has provided us with spiritual gifts with which to live the spiritual life.
Over the next 7 months, the 10 Minute Daily Retreat will reflect on 7 of these gifts; one every month.
In June, we will reflect on the gift of Wisdom.
'Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.' Proverbs 4:6 Join us on our journey! Reflections can be sent by email. Details on:
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Note: In each of the above you will find an alternative First Reading, Responsorial Psalm and Second Reading that may be used in Year C. The Gospel below is always used in Year C. Gospel Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition) As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bod…
The saint of the day is St. Etheldreda (also known as: Audrey, Ethelreda, Æthelthryth, Edilthride, Ediltrudis, Edeltrude), a widow and a Benedictine nun. She was born in Exning, Suffolk, England and died at Ely, 679.
To her friends and family, this once most famous female Anglo-Saxon saint was Etheldreda. To poor people she was Audrey, and the word "tawdry" originally came from the cheap necklaces that were sold on the feast of Saint Audrey and which were believed to cure illness of the throat and neck. This was because Etheldreda had suffered from neck cancer, which she attributed to divine punishment because she was once vain enough to wear a costly necklace. She had a huge tumor on her neck when she died, but, according the Saint Bede, when her tomb was opened by her sister Saint Sexburga, her successor as abbess at Ely Abbey, ten (or 16) years after her death, her body was found incorrupt and the tumor had healed.
Etheldreda was a woman of noble birth, the daughter of K…